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WSU research leadership joins biomed board

SPOKANE, Wash.——Two leaders of Washington State University’s research efforts have been named to the board of the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research:* Jim Petersen, vice provost for research at WSU, and * Dennis Dyck, professor of psychology, associate dean for research at WSU Spokane, director of the Health Research and Education Center, and coordinator of the Spokane Alliance for Medical Research.Under Petersen’’s leadership, the WSU office of research coordinates programs which catalyze high-quality research and scholarly activities across the institution. Such programs include matching funds for equipment acquisition, start-up grants for new faculty, sponsorship of universitywide centers, and the development of new interdisciplinary research initiatives … » More …

Network integrates ed, research, economics

Imagine a virtual research and development (R&D) lab that will enhance regional economic development and educational advancement. The Virtual Possibilities Network (VPnet) is just such an initiative. It will encourage regional collaboration on projects among higher education, medical, business and government communities. The network itself will consist of 200 miles of optic fiber connecting higher education institutions in Spokane, eastern Washington and Idaho.VPnet will be available as an R&D lab for broadband content, multidisciplinary research, advanced collaboration, technological investigation, distance learning and economic development projects. It can be used as a tool to facilitate collaborative research, or it can itself be the focus of research.VPnet … » More …

Vision for the future

The following article reflects comments from two interviews that WSU Today had with Washington State University’s President V. Lane Rawlins on April 15 and 28. Q: In your Quarterly Messages to employees, you consistently point to the progress WSU has made in the past several years through prioritization, pursuit of its strategic plan, and the hard work its faculty and staff. Given that progress and our current position, where do you see the university headed from here?LR: I recently reread a book by Frank Rhodes, past president of Cornell University, titled “The Creation of the Future: The Role of the American University,” which intrigued me. … » More …

Bose honored at White House

Susmita Bose, a Washington State University professor doing pioneering research in bone implant materials, was honored May 4 at the White House, where she was one of 20 National Science Foundation-sponsored researchers to receive the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).With the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering since 1998, Bose has focused her research on the development of nanoscale ceramics which have great potential for improving bone implants.News that Bose was selected to receive the reward was welcomed by Anjan Bose, dean of the WSU College of Engineering and Architecture (no relation to Susmita Bose).“This prestigious award indicates the caliber … » More …

Math approach may help scientists with predictions

A research team led by a biologist and a mathematical biologist from Washington State University is using special statistical methods to study how traits of biological organisms change. Associate professors Patrick Carter, an evolutionary physiologist, and Richard Gomulkiewicz, a mathematical geneticist, won a $2.1 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation to fund their research on function-valued traits. A trait that can be described as a mathematical function of some other variable is called a function-valued trait. These traits include such things as the body size of an animal — perhaps a mouse — that varies depending upon its age, or the size of … » More …

Researchers show potential of farm waste as fuel

People have used biomass energy or bioenergy — the energy from organic matter — since the first use of fire for heat. Today, wood is still our largest biomass source. But other sources are becoming increasingly useful and — with the help of researchers like Shulin Chen, a Washington State University professor and associate director of the Northwest Bioproduct Research Institute — dreams of turning undervalued biowaste into valuable products like fuel are becoming reality. “We are doing research to obtain valued commodities from agricultural products and/or waste,” said Craig Frear, a research associate for the WSU Department of Biological Systems Engineering. “Our biomass inventory … » More …

Freshmen seminar presentations April 21

Members of Washington State University’s undergraduate scholarly community will reveal their research findings during the Freshman Seminar Research Symposium from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 21 on the 4th floor of the Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE). The researchers, all first-year students enrolled in the university’s Freshman Seminar Program, have worked under the mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students as well as teaching and library faculty. Students from 11 seminars will present their projects. These projects are a culmination of research and analysis and are presented using multimedia technologies. The Freshman Seminar Program’s excellence has received national acclaim. In Fall 2001, Freshman Seminar was … » More …

Spokane sleep research candidates to present

SPOKANE, Wash. — Greg Belenky and Scott Campbell, candidates for a sleep research position with the Spokane Alliance for Medical Research, will visit Spokane this month to deliver public lectures on their sleep research as part of the interview process.The lectures are free and open to the public. The candidates will also meet with area researchers and practitioners who specialize in sleep and tour area sleep clinics. Dr. Belenky, a colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. and director of the Division of Neuroscience at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, will give his lecture Friday, April 23. The talk, “Managing Sleep to Sustain … » More …

Undergrads display their year of research

Members of Washington State University’s undergraduate scholarly community will reveal their research findings during the Freshman Seminar Research Symposium Wednesday, April 21st from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm on the 4th floor of the Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE).The researchers, all first-year students enrolled in the University’s Freshman Seminar Program, have worked under the mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students as well as teaching and library faculty. 11 seminars will participate in presenting their projects. These projects are a culmination of research and analysis and are presented using multimedia technologies. The Freshman Seminar Program’s excellence has received national acclaim. In Fall 2001, Freshman Seminar was … » More …

Undergraduate research focus of WSU symposium

The second annual Washington State University Psychology Undergraduate Research Symposium will be Thursday, April 15, and involve poster presentations by 11 student researchers.The lecture will begin at 3 p.m. in the Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 203. Posters showcasing psychology undergraduate research projects will be available for viewing from 2-5 p.m. in the atrium of the Smith Center. Presenters will be on hand to answer questions about their research from 4-5 p.m. Research titles range from “Understanding text: Online inferences and memory operations after severe closed-head injury” to “Habituation: An investigation of the role of the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus.” “The … » More …